Annual events in Japan (summer)
The summer events that increase the glamor of sightseeing in Japan are "Tanabata Festival" and "Fireworks Festival."
Tanabata on July 7th is named after the legend of lovers called Vega and Altair. Vega and Altair were separated by the Milky Way because they neglected their jobs in love. It is during Tanabata that the two were allowed to meet only once a year. In Japan, there are customs that people prepare large bamboo leaves for the day of Tanabata and tie a card called "strips" with wishes written. It is held in schools and in each household, but you may be able to see it in town such as on a shopping street. There are also large-scale festivals known in Japan such as "Sendai Tanabata Festival," "Shonan Hiratsuka Tanabata Festival," and "Anjo Tanabata Festival." In addition, Tanabata is sometimes held on July 7th (lunar calendar of early August) of the lunar calendar; Sendai and Anjo Tanabata Festivals are held on that day.
On the third Monday of July Japanese celebrate "marine day". Around this time the beaches of the whole country will enter the top season and temperatures will continue to exceed 30 degrees (86 Fahrenheit). Children start the summer vacation, and events are held in various places, setting the festive mood of summer.
In summer holidays, fireworks festivals, which are often held from July to August, are one of the events that make you feel a lot of summer in Japan. At present it is possible to see fireworks in cities all over the world, but Japanese fireworks carefully handcrafted by craftsmen called Fireworksman are characteristic of each fireworks delicacy. If you see these being launched in units of thousands or ten thousand shots, your image of fireworks may change. However, big fireworks are accompanied by heavy crowds. In order to go to see the fireworks display, it is necessary to check the holding date beforehand and take measures such as going to the site earlier in order to avoid heavy traffic. Basically, there is no fee, but if you want to appreciate it in comfort, you can also purchase a "reserved seat" etc. for a fee.
In addition, during the Buddhism annual event "Bon Festival" (August 13 to 16), the region's summer festival called "Bon Odori" is held in various parts of Japan. This is held by the residents in cooperation with each other; we will make a tower at a schoolyard, etc. and have traditional dance in the neighborhood. Its roots are said to go back to the Heian era, but now it is a popular event to look forward to for kids to be able to go out and leave at night. You may be able to see the local children eating shaved ice in casual summer clothes called Yukata. Although, unlike the famous big festivals, it is a rustic atmosphere, we recommend that you enjoy Japanese traditions casually. There is no such thing as entrance fee, and you can participate in a circle of dancing without knowing exactly how to dance. Today, we also do regular annual Bon dance in city centers like Roppongi Hills as well as local areas.
In addition, Japanese people have a habit of returning during Obon, and long distance travel at this time is accompanied by heavy traffic. It is nearly impossible to reserve seats on a bullet train and an airplane just before departure, and the traffic jams on expressways will be dozens of kilometers long. If possible, we recommend that you avoid traveling during this period. Also, please be careful, as shops and other places are often closed.